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Stimulus money funding Siouxland road construction

Federal stimulus money is paving the way for road projects to roll out in Siouxland.

A project in Monona County, Iowa is just one example that was considered "low priority", but is now getting attention.

Dakin Schultz with the Iowa DOT, says plans have been drawn up for years, but the department has never been able to pin down the funding until now.

The DOT is using stimulus money to get it done.

Humane Society gets involved after dog allegedly beaten to death

The Siouxland Humane Society is launching a campaign after police say a dog was violently killed by its owner.

Court documents say witnesses saw, 35-year-old Bobby Loggins, punch his pitbull more than 30 times in the face for urinating on the carpet.

The dog died.

The Siouxland Humane Society is hoping a letter writing campaign will encourage the Woodbury County Attorney to seek the toughest penalties possible.

SD smoking ban opponents gather 25,000 signatures

Opponents of South Dakota's new smoking ban have gathered enough signatures to put the issue to a public vote.

They need more than 17,000 signatures, but say they have about 25,000.

The petition still has to go through the Secretary of State's office before it can be filed.

South Dakota's smoking ban is set to go into effect on July 1.

If the signatures are validated, it would not go into effect and there would be a public vote in November of next year.

Workers move 111-year-old Spencer church

A facelift for a 111-year-old Spencer church that's been abandoned for nearly 20 years.

But first, the church is being moved across town.

Workers started that portion of the project Tuesday, moving the structure down Main Street near the Little Sioux River, eight blocks from its current location.

The church will be turned into an Italian restaurant, named "La Chiesa," which means "the church."

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